Crews at the Alamodome will make history Wednesday when the Mexican National Soccer Team takes on the Korea Republic.
For the first time in the stadium’s history, a sporting event will be played on real grass.
“A world-class team requires a world-class pitch,” said Gabriel Gabor, spokesperson for the Mexican National Team Tour.
After Sunday’s Boat & RV show, crews got to work laying more than 100,000 square feet of grass on the stadium’s floor.
“It's very good quality and the players get the same type of experience they're looking for,” Gabor said. “They're here preparing for the World Cup, so they need to play on the best surfaces.”
Alamodome General Manager Nick Langella said the history-making transformation has been a team effort, and they’re not done yet.
“We'll have to do a few things with monitoring the temperature in here and we'll be doing a little bit of watering tonight,” Langella said. “We still have to mark the field and the teams will practice here as well.”
The Mexican National Team has played at the Alamodome before, but given that the World Cup is only a few months away Gabor said the timing of Wednesday’s game made the transformation even more of a necessity.
“Just like they'll be playing on in Brazil, they wanted to play on a world-class pitch made out of grass,” said Gabor.
The game is Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Alamodome officials said nearly 50,000 tickets have been sold and there are still tickets left.
Due to expected traffic congestion officials are recommending that fans use VIA Park-and-Ride to get to and from the game.
VIA will be offering park and ride service from the airport park and ride, the Crossroads Park and Ride, and the Madla Transit Center beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Return service will run for one hour after the game is over.